Florida Rose Rabbiteye Blueberry
A relatively new introduction from the Southeast, Florida Rose is a spectacular selection of the Rabbiteye blueberry with bright pink to rosy colored fruits that are larger than Pink Lemonade and ripen in a wide range of colors. Florida Rose bears heavy crops, ripens early in the season and only requires 300 chill hours making it an excellent selection for growers in warmer climates that often don’t receive enough chill hours to get many blueberry varieties to ripen. Requires cross pollination with another Rabbiteye blueberry, but Pink Lemonade or any other blueberry with rabbiteye in its lineage should make a good pollenizer.
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Latin Name: Vaccinium ‘Florida Rose’
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant another Rabbiteye variety for cross pollination.
Hardiness: Hardy to -10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 5′ high and wide
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: June–July
Fruit Size: Large
Yield: 15-20 lbs.
Care: Blueberries prefer acidic soil (pH 4.5-5.5). Fertilize in early spring with a granular or liquid acid fertilizer. In late winter prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune non fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.
Pests & Diseases: Blueberries are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems. Scare birds away with Mylar Flash Tape or deter them by covering your plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 6-9